Chicken Sausage Jambalaya Recipe

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Having a cousin who's a pork producer is a bonus when looking for great recipes. This slightly spicy entree turns out perfectly every time.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup sliced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 pound fully cooked smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 336 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 1172 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and paprika. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium-high heat until juices run clear. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, saute the onions, celery and peppers over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Stir in the sausage, rice, garlic, cayenne, chicken and remaining salt and pepper. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Sausage Jambalaya in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p48

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"This was a great recipe for jambalaya, very easy to follow and uses simple ingredients. I used andouille sausage and diced white onion and peppers. Great flavor!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Tried this tonight for the first time and loved it!"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"This jambalya has a great taste to it. I made some minor changes - I used chopped white onions instead of the green onions & used chicken thighs instead of breasts. I used 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper & that had just the right amount of spiciness for my family's tastes."

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"This was such an awesome recipe. My dad orked off shore in New Orleans for several years. He said it was the best he has had since that time almost 30 years."

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"This is very good! The only changes that I made was to add a little extra chicken (12 oz.), diced the celery instead of slicing and cooked the onions, celery and peppers for a few minutes instead of 1 minute. I used 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper and this had just the right bite of spice! Will make again!"

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